American Anthem NPR brings you a year of stories about songs that rouse, uplift or call to action.

The White Stripes officially broke up in 2011, but the band's presence is still felt in sports stadiums around the world thanks to the song "Seven Nation Army." Jessica Bindernagel/EyeEm/Getty Images hide caption

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Why 'Seven Nation Army' Is The One Jock Jam To Rule Them All

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Officers of the 5th U.S. Cavalry near Washington, D.C., in 1865. Julia Ward Howe was inspired to write "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" after a visit with Union troops in the thick of the Civil War. Library of Congress hide caption

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One Song Glory

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Protestors at a rally in New York City. Brazil Photo Press/LatinContent/Getty Images hide caption

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American Anthems: The Songs That Unite Us

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Kendrick Lamar performs at the BET Awards in 2015, the year his song "Alright" was released and exploded into an anthem of protest. Christopher Polk/BET/Getty Images hide caption

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What's Your American Anthem?

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